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Swords And Pistols Part 5.... The End
by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Monday, March 12, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Swords And Pistols Part 5
The Legend Of Ann Bonny In Her Own Words

By La Belle Rouge

The ship was seized, all taken in chains
to face the justice that piracy brings
The Governor looked down with a sneer
“ Captain Calico, so good to see you here
with all your crew and two at last in skirts
To hang by the neck… they tell me it hurts
So how do you plead, you murderous churls
and how do you plead whorish pirate girls?”
Jack looked him in the eye, spoke not a word
knowing a pirate’s plea would not be heard

Mary and me boldly stared back and said
“You cannot hang us by the neck until dead
We pleads both our bellies filled with child”
I saw Jack’s tanned face display a brief smile
“Yes ‘tis true ,” the Governor gave a frown,
“to not execute such, the law is firmly bound
I sentence both you women to prison for now
as for Jack and his crew, they will find how
pirates pay for crimes with broken necks
any pleas of innocence this court rejects”

Gave birth one night, in a dank prison cell
it was a hard birth, I went through hell
All alone, just us two, my little son and me
I made a vow that better things we’d see
Me and Jack had another son so long ago
We was pirates and we had to hurry and go
There be no place at sea for even our child
my grief was smothered with my anger wild
We left him with friends in Cuba, sailed away
but I thought of my son every night and day

Jack came to me in prison before he died
I gave him no sympathy and I never cried
“Jack,” said I, if you had fought like a man
you’d not be dying like a dog in a distant land
I gave him a kiss and quickly sent him away
I never saw him again after that sad day
I heard that Mary died in childbirth soon
no pity or midwife in a dirty prison room
I did shed tears for a friend I truly loved
hoped she’d found peace in heaven above

The rumor was that Anne Bonny died too
but I was too clever and knew what to do
The jailer was easily seduced and obliged
escaped in a laundry cart, he closed his eyes
Married a dull, dependable husband at last
My pirate adventure days were all passed
Settled down in the American wilderness
In many ways my life was better I guess
But sometimes sailing in a restless dream
I hear the sea roar and the dying scream

Now you’ve read the glory, the guts, the rage
that lives forever on Anne Bonny’s Page

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Reviewed by D. Vegas 3/13/2012
Belle, Love your tales of Ann Bonny...Great writing!

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 3/12/2012
Another fine piece of great poetry..I have loved this series of poems. Nice one Annie Bonny...

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/12/2012
we all have a story... but now I shall look upon the wives of those "dull, dependable husbands" with fresh eyes and wonder at their secret dreams and lives! Compassion as well as verve pulsates through your vibrant histories, La Belle. I do hope you will take up another hearty heroine's story before too long. xx
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/12/2012
You do justice to these pieces of yesteryear in faraway places...truly enjoyed
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/12/2012
Wonderful story-poem, Belle; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. ;D
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/12/2012
A royal and to a royal tale. You sure know how to tell a story.

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 3/12/2012
Joy in your writing to ever remember a tale of
Anne Bonney. A lass of courage and brash.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Richard King 3/12/2012
What a magnificent tale you weave Belle. So sad to see it come to an end. You leave me wanting.... Will she ever see her first son again? A woman and her son alone in the American Wilderness, how will they ever survive? Dick

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